KNIGHT: Details on Richmond Hill terror case doesn’t pass the sniff test

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said this wasn’t a national security issue, but a local police matter. Come again?



When the World Trade Centre was attacked on September 11, 2001, I was in Calgary. I wound up at the airport watching all the international flights being grounded and stack parked wherever they could on the tarmac.  

I did more than a dozen TV news interviews that day from the airport. The underlying message I was giving was whatever you knew the world as on September 10, it had now changed and changed utterly.

That day changed the way we think about security and keeping citizens safe. The U.S formed the Department of Homeland Security, amalgamating all federal agencies under one umbrella. In Canada, we already had a national police force, the RCMP, but created different sections to respond to the emerging threat.  

In the days after 9-11, the RCMP scrambled to get as many resources as it could into intelligence investigations. The Mounties were working hand-in-glove with our American partners on info and intel trying to separate the wheat from the chaff.

The issue of national security is complicated and involves cooperation with our allies, chief among them the U.S. And so it was this week in a suburb of Toronto when, acting on intel from our American friends, York Regional Police executed a search warrant at a Richmond Hill home. They seized precursor chemicals used to make explosives, at least one detonator and a copy of The Anarchist’s Handbook, a guide to making bombs.

Police arrested 18-year-old Mahyar Mohammadiasl and 47-year-old Reza Mohammadiasl. They were charged with a variety of things relating to the search and were released on $50,000 bail.

That’s it. And they are back in their community.

Police said the younger man was “on the cusp of being radicalized.”

Um, what? Is that like being on the cusp of being pregnant?

Not to be outdone, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said this wasn’t a national security issue, but a local police matter.

Come again?

Allow me to take a quote from the RCMP web page dealing with national security responsibilities. “Threats to national security can come in any form: chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear; an explosive device.”

Wouldn’t the fact chemicals, explosive precursors and at least one detonator and “he was on the cusp of being radicalized” fit within those parameters?

The RCMP has a section called the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) with offices across the country. And I happen to know they have an office in the Greater Toronto area. So, where the heck are they in this?

We are not sure, yet, how the information was developed and given to Canadian authorities, but we do know it came from U.S. sources. Typically those things go government to government. By that, I mean federal agency to federal agency. How did York Regional Police wind up with the conduct of the investigation?

I ask again where the heck was the RCMP in all of this? Too busy stitching up Vice Admiral Mark Norman at the behest of the PMO to deal with an actual terror threat?

And what of Goodale’s remarks?

Goodale is nothing more than a political opportunist, a hack who has never had a real job in his adult life. He was first elected in 1974 when he was 24.  And that’s the nicest thing I can say about him.

The Liberals want to repatriate ISIS fighters and don’t want a word spoken that might suggest there might be a problem in this country with those who wish to do us harm. Radical Islam shall not be mentioned lest you think they are actually the enemy of the west. That would be contrary to the Liberal narrative. And we can’t have that.

Nothing to see here folks. Move along.

No part of any of this case passes the sniff test.

Blair not ruling out federal order to implement potential handgun ban

Arwen~ Everything Trudeau and cabal are doing is totalitarian in nature. Gun bans do not disarm criminals. 
So what in effect is this gun ban really about then? It is quite evident what the progressives are up to..on every level. Trudeau and the Liberals must be “banned” from office Oct/19.

Bill Blair

Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, May 16, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Rachel Aiello, Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer

Published Sunday, May 19, 2019

OTTAWA – Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair said implementing a national handgun ban is still on the table, and would not rule out issuing a federal order instead of legislation given the limited window of Parliamentary time.

In an interview on CTV’s Question Period, Blair was asked whether the handgun ban that the government had consulted on was still on the table, and if it’s possible it’ll be brought forward before the next election, or as part of the Liberal re-election campaign. He was also asked if it was something he was pushing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on, and if an Order in Council, essentially an order recommended by the executive branch, could be a way that a ban is brought forward.

Blair said that for him, “there is no greater responsibility than the safety of our communities and the safety of our kids,” and that he believes “it’s a view shared by my government.”

“I think there is no measure that I think we can rule out that will legitimately contribute to greater safety for our citizens,” Blair said.

Blair was mandated to study and consult on a full ban of handguns and assault weapons. After travelling the country holding roundtables and other public engagements starting in 2018, the government reported last month that Canadians are polarized on banning or limiting access to handguns and assault-style firearms.

Some anti-gun advocates have been pushing the federal Liberals to do more, especially in light of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern leading her country in implementing a ban on “military-style” semi-automatic firearms. This ban was in place one week after a gunman killed 51 people in Christchurch, while livestreaming the attack.

Trudeau was with Ardern in Paris to sign on to the “Christchurch Call” that saw social media giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter pledge to do more to prevent hate, violence, and extremist views from being broadcast or organized on their platforms.

Blair said he “believes strongly” that “there is more that we must do” when it comes to the kinds of guns that have been used in this, and other attacks.

“There are weapons that are designed solely to kill people. Their whole intent and purpose is to be efficient in the killing of people, and we’ve seen in mass murders in Canada around the world that those weapons have been used for that purpose because they are efficient killing machines and I feel very strongly that there’s no place for those weapons in Canadian society,” Blair said.

“I believe there is an overwhelming consensus in this country that public safety is important, that we deserve to be safe in our communities and in our places of worship, and those weapons which have been used to kill so many people have no place in our society.”